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Our regularly revised feature keeps you up to date on the Kickstarter games worth watching, and helps you track projects both before and after they’re funded.
Welcome to the Kickstarter Compendium, a gathering of games and game-related projects that we’ve come across that deserve your attention. The crowd-funding model for video games has resulted in some interesting new game ideas, and new projects are going up on a weekly basis that deserve your attention.
The only problem is keeping track of it all – what’s worth watching, and what are these different projects about? As an ongoing feature, our Kickstarter Compendium is your guide to games seeking funding through Kickstarter. After funding projects are complete, this feature will also track what games (and game-related projects) got funded and what games didn’t, and where possible, offer links to the projects as they are developed.
Games Seeking Funding
Afterdark: When Heroes Become LegendsDeveloper: Napalm StudiosFundraising Goal: $110,000Funds Due By: May 12, 2013
Afterdark is a beat-em-up game set in a world of gothic horror. The game aims to resurrect the classic beat-em-up style of gaming. Afterdark showcases epic battles against evil with a progressing list of objectives lined with a developing narrative.
The Big BlueDeveloper: Ed AnnunziataFundraising Goal: $665,000Funds Due By: April 29, 2013
By the creators of the classic undersea adventure Ecco the Dolphin, The Big Blue is an aquatic adventure game set a million years in the future deep in the ocean. Explore the ocean and interact with everything. It also has you pursuing quests and spawning new life forms. All creatures in the ocean are controllable, allowing you to control multiple creatures at once.
BleakDeveloper: Tenwall CreativesFundraising Goal: $50,000Funds Due By: April 19, 2013
Bleak is a massive fantasy platformer set in a dark, perilous new world. In this place, your dominant arm is amputated upon birth and in its place is a pickax. From then you are sent to the mines to extract the precious metal, Core. The “Cultivators of the Good” can punish you for refusing to work by denying food. Other workers have different tools for arms, like wrenches, depending on their job. Brave the dark, callous world and explore, if you dare, for around every corner is distress and disappointment, and perhaps even death.
Buddy And MeDeveloper: Sunbreak GamesFundraising Goal: $40,000Funds Due By: April 20, 2013
Buddy and Me is a platformer embellished in a beautiful art style for tablets and mobile. It is the story of a boy and his best friend who run through the forest together, seeking adventure.
Camelot UnchainedDeveloper: City State EntertainmentFundraising Goal: $2,000,000Funds Due By: May 2, 2013
Camelot Unchained is a counter-revolutionary MMO set in a post-apocalyptic world where the boundary between two dimensions has been pierced. This led to the almost-extinction of the world and you must fight to get your world back.
The Gallery: Six ElementsDeveloper: Cloudhead GamesFundraising Goal: $65,000Funds Due By: April 17, 2013
A new game in development for the Oculus, The Gallery is an urban exploration intertwined with a secret and shrouded in uncharted mystery. You must travel into six painted portals which represent the core elements of life: Air, Water, Fire, Earth, Love and Death. Retrieve a hidden key from each portal and escape The Gallery. What begins as a typical adventure ends in a volcanic eruption of action and adventure.
GrimlandsDeveloper: Drago EntertainmentFundraising Goal: $650,000Funds Due By: May 2, 2013
Grimlands is an MMO-shooter set in an open, post-apocalyptic world. Craft items out of scavenged raw materials and complete quests and battle for territories. Grimlands has undergone a little over five years of development, with the remaining work being polishing.
MongrelDeveloper: Blake Whitworth & Stephan MessierFundraising Goal: $30,000Funds Due By: April 26, 2013
Mongrel takes place in a world taken over by a new race. Animals have grown into humanoid hybrids and are running the world on a strict caste system. Mongrels are slaves and the only way they can be freed is through battle in the arena. Fight for your freedom.
PulseDeveloper: Team Pixel PiFundraising Goal: $75,000Funds Due By: April 11, 2013
Pulse is a first-person survival game set against a world that can only be discovered by sound. You are basically blind like a bat, and you use something like echolocation to make your way around. Using the sounds and reverberations, you can map out your surroundings. Using visual memories from when they were younger (and not blind), the player can use these memories to help them map out their environment. Creatures both kind and cruel are present and will either aid your journey or slow you down.
SkyWar DragonDeveloper: Matt "Tieg" TiegerFundraising Goal: $41,000Funds Due By: May 5, 2013
It's rare that we have the space and time to highlight one of the many exciting tabletop Kickstarter games, but we wanted to alert readers to SkyWar Dragon because of the background of its creator. Matt "Tieg" Tieger served as game director over at High Moon Studios on Transformers: War for Cybertron and its sequel, Transformers: Fall of Cybertron. His new tabletop venture tackles a theme that's close to the heart of many gamers -- the excitement of midair dragon dofights, complete with breath weapons, dragon riders, and desperate clawing melees, as the combatants tumble earthward. If that's a board game you'd like to see come to life, hop over, and offer your support.
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How could a David Haytar project not be funded?
CLANG and Kaiju Combat really interest me. Fund people fund!
Here's a tip: Brawl in the Family comic collection Kickstarter. Matthew Taranto draws video game comics based on Nintendo characters, mainly the Kirby saga crew.
This one is from a local start-up studio in Minnesota. They're not looking for much, just enough to add a couple more software licenses to their necessary programs:
They're looking to put the first new spin on match-3 puzzle games since Bejeweled introduced... Whatever the hell it was Bejeweled did different from Tetris Attack or Pokemon Puzzle League.
Someone should really collect all the suggested Kickstarters in here into a Blog post or something. Like soon.
I love kickstarter, I just hope good games come out of it.
Unfortunately a lot of these development groups are composed entirely of artists-with-ideas.
That is not a bad thing, but to make games with the scope they are proposing, you need more than that, you need programmers and developers who don't mind being the single point of failure and who are motivated to put in enormous amounts of time to support other people's ideas.
I've seen a lot of these things go wrong (or less than stellar) because the people involved got frustrated by the technical side of it.
Yes I'm biased.
Thanks for covering Skyjacker! The world needs more space games and they've been having a hell of a time getting their name out there.
could i start a kickstarter for starwars battlefront 3? haha because that would be a good game to make. i dont wanna get sued by like lucas arts and *** though i mean i wouldnt even care if they acknowledged me in anyway i just want starwars battle front 3.
you guys forgot to add my friend's game to the funded list..... Quest for Infamy
check that link out ..over 63,000 dollars raised!
Realistic sandbox zombie survival, might as well be a "what if..." emulator.
so does that mean the hostage trials won't be happening? That sounded pretty cool
What about Legends of Aetherues? Nice looking core RPG for PC - www.kickstarter.com/.../legends-of-aethereus-co-op-hack-n-slash-action-gam
Ouya already got funded. Woot!
Diamond Trust of London http://kck.st/IRiXO0
Brawl in the Family: Volume One http://kck.st/NYshOC
Ill buy the ouya.
It would be nice to know that the real life gaming community when it comes to game developers would be like LittleBigPlanet's level showing system. There might be a lot of better levels than yours, but one or two people will like it, then your fanbase grows. That's how I would like the gaming industry to go. Go Ouya and Kickstarter!
A few of these look way better than most big budget games that are coming out later this year.